Magnesium plays a role in bone formation, in the actions of a large number of enzymes and in the transfer of impulses in muscles and nerves.
The recommended daily amount of this mineral is 350 mg per day for men and 280 mg per day for women.
According to the Netherlands Nutrition Centre, a magnesium deficiency does not occur quickly as it can be found in many foods. Important sources of magnesium include wholemeal and wholegrain products, green leafy vegetables, nuts (cashews and almonds) and cocoa or extra-dark chocolate.
Magnesium and your health
There are a number of health effects associated with consuming magnesium-rich foods.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether magnesium-rich foods may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks.
Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.